CARS.COM — If you’re browsing Cars.com right now to find out where to buy your third or fourth BMW 3 Series sedan because you think that’s what a sports sedan should ultimately be, we need to talk for a moment. You see, someone new has just moved onto the sports sedan scene in a big way, a brawny Italian who’s looking to put the hurt on the German, Japanese and American luxury contenders in a market they’ve had all to themselves for a long time. Returning to American shores after a multidecade absence, Alfa Romeo is finally back with this stunning four-door, the Giulia. And if you’re looking for a new sports sedan in 2017, you’re going to want to put one on your shopping list — because it is, in a word, magnifico.
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Bold, Sculpted Styling
Let’s start with the exterior, where the traditional three-sided shield grille with Alfa Romeo badge sits up front. It’s as much a part of Alfa’s heritage as the BMW “twin kidney” grille, or Buick’s fender portholes, or Cadillac’s vestigial tailfin taillights. Flanking the grille are bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, standard on each of the Giulia’s three available trims (Giulia, Ti and Quadrifoglio).